Aston Villa boss ready to gamble on controversial star

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that he’s open to a January link-up with recently axed Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese forward was released by the London club over the weekend after both parties came to an agreement to terminate his contract.

Spurs actively attempted to offload him during the last transfer window, but a move to Villa collapsed before the same fate befell a proposed deadline day switch to West Ham.

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Free agents are usually clear to sign and register for new clubs outside of any window, however FIFA rules state that in order to do so the player in question must have been without an employer when the last window closed.

As a result Adebayor is unable to play for another Premier League side, albeit with Qatari teams clear to conduct business up until the end of the month he could move to the Middle East.

But Sherwood has declared that he is ready to hand the 31-year-old a fresh route into the English game in January:

When quizzed on the situation, the Villa boss said: “I would not hesitate if he had the desire to want to come and play football.

“He’s too good a talent – I’ve seen that first hand – to not play any football but unfortunately I don’t think there’s any window open for him now [before January].”

Sherwood worked with Adebayor at Spurs, and was a big influence on the African ace’s good form at the end of the 2013/14 season.

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